The daughter of the late gospel singer-songwriter Joyce "Dottie" Rambo is suing the bus driver and owner of the tour bus Rambo was leasing when she was killed in an accident last May.
Reba Rambo-McGuire contends that her mother's former bus driver James Meadows was speeding on the rainy night his bus ran off a Missouri highway and crashed into an embankment. Rambo had performed in a show in Granite City, Illinois. She and her group were on their way to play a Mother's Day night show in North Richland Hills, Texas.
It was reported that the Kentucky native was asleep at the time of the accident.
The lawsuit asks for a jury trial and compensation for damages in excess of $25,000. The suit was filed in Nashville, Tenn.
Rambo-McGuire is also suing the tour bus company Pyramid Coach Inc., and DC Investments Leasing, a subsidiary of Pyramid Coach.
She argues that Meadows was negligent and that his employer, Pyramid Coach, is liable for his actions. The company was dissolved about a month after the accident, the suit says.
Inducted Into Hall of Fame In 2007
Rambo was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.
She has had more than 2,500 published songs, including gospel classics such as He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need and the 1982 Gospel Music Association Song of the Year, We Shall Behold Him. Her songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Crystal Gale and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Rambo was 74 when she died on May 11, 2008. Seven other people were also injured in the accident.
Source: The Associated Press